Frequently Asked Questions About
Now You're Cooking! 



I see that NYC 5.89 no longer lets you choose “shared” or “private” for the user folder on first execution of NYC after a new installation.  Why is that?

NYC 5.8x thru 5.88 offered this choice on first execution in Windows Vista or Windows 7.  If you selected “shared”, installed user files would be moved to the 

          “c:\Users\Public\Documents\FFTS\Nyc58x\user” folder,

and if you selected “private”, they would be moved to the

          “c:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\FFTS\Nyc58x\user” folder . 

NYC 5.89 and higher no longer offer the choice of  shared” or “private” for these reasons.  Windows 7 now hides the AppData folder by default, so having an option to put a user folder there no longer made sense, as the user would not be able to ever see it without selecting “show hidden files” in Folder settings.  We also decided that would be less confusing for NYC and for users to have only one potential location where the installed user files get moved to.

You can, of course, move the user folder after this first execution of NYC by using Tool… Options… User Folder tab.

Can I install NYC on a PC with 64-bit Vista?

NYC was designed for a 32-bit operating system, and we have never tested it with a 64-bit system.  One NYC user told us that NYC worked for him in 64-bit Vista.  Another told us that installation went okay, but he gets Error 52 when he launches NYC after installing on his 64-bit system.

We suggest you use NYC with a 32-bit operating system.

Can I move the \user folder to the different drive from that of the NYC program? I like to keep my data on a separate drive for easy backup. 


Yes if you are using NYC 5.77 or higher.  Use Tools… Options… User Folder tab… to specify a different drive and folder.


NYC allows you to have cookbooks outside the \user folder, including on other drives.  You can even put cookbooks on network drives, provided you have full read AND write access to those drives.  However, keeping cookbooks outside the \user folder is not recommended because of the following issues:


  1. When you do a File… Backup…, NYC will only back up user files in your \user folder (not your other folders where you might be keeping cookbooks).
  2. When you do a recipe search across cookbooks, NYC only looks in the folder of your currently open cookbook.  So if the open cookbook is in your \user folder, NYC will search cookbooks in the \user folder.  If the open cookbook is in another folder, NYC will search cookbooks in the other folder.


What is best way to transfer NYC from desktop to laptop, or from an old computer to a new computer?


Download and install the latest version of NYC on your laptop/new computer.  Run the new version on your laptop/new computer and use File... Upgrade... to bring over/upgrade user files (including registration info, cookbooks, user lists, etc.) over your network from the NYC folder on your desktop/old computer.


Here are 2 methods you can use, depending on your preferences:


Transfer only your cookbooks…

Download and install the latest version of NYC on your laptop.  Then run your desktop NYC and zip up your cookbooks using File... Zip Cookbook.…  Doing this from within NYC will ensure that all your cookbook indexes get zipped up with the cookbook itself.  Copy the .zip file for each cookbook you zipped to your laptop's NYC \user folder (use your ZIP drive, diskettes, CD burner, or email them to yourself), and unzip them there.  You will need to reenter your reg info into the new version using Help... Register...  (email for your reg info if you don’t have it).  If you use a CD for the transfer, remember to undo the 'read-only' attribute that the CD transfer gives to each file after you restore them from the CD.


Transfer all user files (registration info, cookbooks, meal plans, shopping lists, store aisles, user-defined lists, etc.)…

Copy your entire NYC folder from desktop/old computer to your laptop/new computer using your backup media (USB flash drive, ZIP drive, diskettes, CD burner).  Then install the latest version of NYC into a different folder.  Then run the new version of NYC and use File.. Upgrade... to bring over/upgrade user files from your previous installation.  This will bring over your reg info as well.  CD burner is the least favored transfer medium, because CD files are marked read-only and this can cause problems unless you know to uncheck the “read only” property after copying them from CD.


If more than one person will be using the software on these computers, you will need to purchase an additional license (registration code) for the other person.


If I decide to buy this program, will I lose the recipes I enter in the demo?


No.  You can enter your registration info into the version you already have to disable its 60-day usage limit.   If you subsequently install a later version, install it into a new folder (use the setup default), then run the later version and use File... Upgrade... to bring over/upgrade user files (including your registration info, cookbooks, etc. from your previous version. 


CAUTION:  You can install NYC v5 and higher over a previous version (i.e., into the same folder) without losing your recipes, but some of your other user files and customized lists (ingredients droplist, meal plans, shopping lists, etc) will be overwritten with those in the new installation package.  Accordingly, installing NYC over a previous installation is not recommended unless you wish only to preserve your reg info and cookbooks. 


Do I need to install successive versions of NYC, or can I skip several versions?


Each NYC setup file is a stand-alone installation that requires no previous versions to be loaded.


Is there any reason for me to install the program from the CD or, because I downloaded it from the internet, do I have everything I need? 


The NYC program in your download or on the CD are exactly the same, provided they are the same version (e.g., v5.46).  However, the CD installation includes much more than just the NYC program itself.  The CD includes 14,000 Meal-Master recipes that you can import into NYC (the series from our Recipe Library).  It also includes all 13 language dictionaries for the spell checker.  It is up to you as to whether you want to install again from the CD to take advantage of these other items.


How do I create a desktop icon for NYC so I can run it without using the Start menu?

With release of v5.43 or higher, NYC automatically adds a desktop icon in addition to the Start Menu entry. 

If for some reason end up without one, here is how to add a desktop icon.  Open Windows Explorer (Start... Programs...).  Find your NYC folder and open it.  Find the file "Nyc.exe", right-click it, and select Create Shortcut.  The shortcut will then appear in your NYC folder (probably at the bottom of the file list).  Drag the shortcut file from Explorer out onto your desktop.  Now you can launch NYC from the desktop icon you just created.

After I install a new version, do the File... Upgrade..., and I satisfy myself that I have all my files and it is safe to delete the old version of NYC, should I use Control Panel... Add/Remove Software to uninstall the old version?

You should use Control Panel… Add/Remove Software, or run the unwise.exe file in your NYC folder.  Then remove the folder from your hard drive.

I use Windows 9x.  Should I install NYC under C:\Program Files\NYC5xx or under C:\NYC5xx ?

Install v5 under c:\Program Files\Nyc5xx (default).  Install v4 under c:\nyc4xx (not under c:\Program Files).

I downloaded the latest version and am trying to install.  Where is the readme file and how do I read it?

The readme file is "readme.txt", readable before installation from the distribution CD (if you received NYC that way) or after unzipping the archive (if you downloaded NYC from somewhere).  It is a text file that you can read with Notepad, PFE, TextPad, or any other text editor. If you open it with WordPad, do not allow conversion to a non-textual format.

How do I get the program to show me as a registered user?

See answers to these questions in the registration and registration troubleshooting sections of this FAQ.

When I install a new version of NYC, should I install it in the same directory as my previous version?

No.  Avoid installing in the same folder as a previous installation because there is potential to overwrite some of your user files.  If you install any NYC version prior to v5.10, it will overwrite your RECIPES cookbook with the sample RECIPES cookbook that is packaged with the archive.  To be safe, always install NYC into a new directory; if the setup program defaults to a directory that exists, select a different folder. Once you have NYC installed into a new directory, use File...Upgrade... to bring over/upgrade your user files (including your cookbooks and reg info) from your previous version.

NYC v4 requires the external file VBRUN300.DLL.  What is that and where do I get it?

NYC v5 does not use this file.  Unless you are using NYC v4, you do not need this file.  To answer to your question, vbrun300.dll is the runtime library required by Visual Basic v3.0 programs (e.g., NYC v4). You can download it now from this web page, or you can find it in most internet software archives (e.g., SimTel.Net). This file will install when you install NYC if you are installing v4.66 (snyc466.exe), so you should not need to go get it somewhere else unless it has been corrupted.

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